Foreign Minister Kishida signs condolence book at the Embassy of Cuba in Japan and holds informal talks with Minister for Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Malmierca in response to passing of former President of the Council of State of Cuba Fidel Castro
November 28, 2016
1. On receiving news of the passing of Mr. Fidel Castro Ruz, former President of the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, on November 25 (local time), Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, visited the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Japan on November 28. He had informal talks with H.E. Mr. Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz, Minister for Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, who visited Japan for the Second Japan-Cuba Public-Private Joint Committee, and H.E. Mr. Carlos Miguel Pereira Hernández, Ambassador of Cuba to Japan, and then wrote in the registry.
2. Minister Kishida conveyed his deepest sympathy regarding the passing of former President Castro, and mentioned that he met with former President Castro during his visit to the Republic of Cuba in 2015, that former President Castro visited Japan two times, and that former President Castro visited Hiroshima where he expressed a strong desire for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Minister Kishida expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Cuban government and the people of Cuba, which was deeply appreciated.
3. On November 28, Mr. Nobuo Kishi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kentaro Sonoura, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Shunsuke Takei, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, also visited the embassy of Cuba and wrote in the registry.